Pacific Northwest: Waterfalls Day (April 29)

Waterfalls! Monday we ventured west from Port Angeles and back into Olympic National Park.

Our first stop was Lake Crescent where we crossed under Highway 101 to picked up the short, but very scenic trail to Marymere Falls. We saw our first Varied Thrush here, but got a better look at our next stop.

Crescent Lake
Looking back through the tunnel under Hwy 101 towards Crescent Lake

The trail through the rainforest to Marymere Falls

Along Barnes Creek, below Marymere Falls

The bridge across Barnes Creek

Marymere Falls

Barnes Creek

Abstract of Barnes Creek

At Sol Duc Falls we waited out a brief and blustery bit of snow at the higher elevation trailhead. It was so worth the wait! The lush rainforest hike opened up in just .8 of a mile to unbelieveable cascades over mossy green rocks and then the thundering Sol Duc. Five stars. 

Fresh snow near the Sol Duc Falls trailhead

Susan at the trailhead

The trail to Sol Duc Falls

Along the trail

The cascade on the way to the falls

Susan on the bridge by Sol Duc Falls 

Sol Duc Falls

Varied Thrush

Afterward we visited the Sol Duc Hot Springs and you can thank us later for excluding any photos of our soak. :-)

The road into Sol Duc Hot Springs

Our day ended with a nice dinner at Bella Italia, Lonely Planet's top pick in Port Angeles. The restaurant was mentioned in Twilight but fortunately didn't appear to be trying to cash in on that fame.

Waiting for dinner at Bella Italia :-)

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